Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Conscious Brain$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jesse Prinz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314595

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314595.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 March 2019

When Are We Conscious? Attention and Availability

When Are We Conscious? Attention and Availability

(p.79) 3 When Are We Conscious? Attention and Availability
The Conscious Brain

Jesse J. Prinz

Oxford University Press

There is evidence that mere activity within perceptual systems is not sufficient for consciousness. This chapter begins by reviewing evidence for subliminal perception. This raises the question, when do perceptual states become conscious? The answer defended here is that we are conscious when and only when perception is modulated by attention. Evidence for the necessity and sufficiency of attention is presented, and empirical results that aim to dissociated attention and consciousness are critically reviewed. The chapter also offers an account of the nature of attention, according to which attentional modulation is a change in information processing that allows perceptual states to gain access to working memory. It is argued that accessibility to working memory is the psychological correlate of consciousness; actual encoding in working memory is not necessary.

Keywords:   attention, conscious awareness, working memory, accessibility, subliminal attention, visual neglect, inattentional blindness, change blindness

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .